… and a decidedly poor salesman. Tuesday's debate was difficult to watch. Aside from not being able to stay awake, I couldn't help being reminded of the frustration I felt when McCain initially secured the Republican nomination. It seemed that every painful minute of that mock town hall debacle simply marked another step towards the inevitable, inescapable end with no justifiable means whatsoever.
Perhaps it's best to let things run their course. I think four years of policy from a Democratic president and Congress would do more to show the effects of unchecked liberalism than any stump speech ever could, and maybe that's just the wake-up call true conservatives need — if there any left out there.
I've been immersed in the political scene for some time now and have always maintained that despite his weaknesses and my many misgivings about the man's policies, McCain is a far better choice; or at least the lesser of two evils.
After watching the campaigns of these two men merge into nearly indistinguishable halves of the same warped whole, I'm beginning to have second thoughts. Like coffee and cream, many voters may have their individual preferences, but the two candidates are decidedly complimentary on a majority of issues.
McCain had an opportunity to take a real stand with the bailout issue, but he chose instead to make a media spectacle out of suspending his campaign just so everyone could watch him fly back to D.C. and step in line with everyone else. Had he taken that stand, called out the pork pushers (with the pen he's so fond of mentioning) and given us some straight talk on allowing the market correct itself naturally with less government, I think we'd be in a totally different race right now.
What did we get? More of the same, with a side of big bureaucracy thrown in for good measure, as his debate proposal of allocating $300 billion towards government ownership of American homes would suggest.
Al Gore as the new climate change Czar? Michigan is lost? "My friends," I've just about had enough. What started as frustration and uncertainty over the McCain nomination was superceded by a steadfast belief that Obama was not right for this country. I still do not trust the Jr. Senator, his associations or judgment. I resent the fact that the media has elected this man, and I still contend that he has been groomed for this position since Bill Ayers allowed him to test his wings with the oversight of $50 million dollars allocated towards "radicalizing" students in Chicago.
It's easy for me to make a case (many in fact) against Obama on numerous issues, but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to make any case whatsoever for John McCain. As in recent elections, I will most likely be casting my vote against one candidate rather than for another… maybe that's just politics in today's two-party world.
Speaking after the debate, Fortune Magazine's Nina Easton commented, "We’re witnessing tonight something quite profound, and that was the sinking ship of free-market Republicans keel over, groan and fall to the bottom of the sea.”
I couldn't agree more. The race is Obama's to lose at this point, and McCain seems to be doing everything in his power to help him towards the finish line. I think I can just make out the silhouetted shape of Willy Loman's hunched shoulders on the bow of that sinking ship. Sorry Linda, we're not free… we're not free.